The First Aquino SONA

I’m happy that two of my most important advocacies, the investigation and prosecution of extralegal killings and the reform of the Witness Protection Program, figured in President Noynoy Aquino’s first State-of-the-Nation Address. While I would have preferred an express mention of the Maguindanao massacre in the first Sona since the massacre took place, and specific […]

Filipina “Comfort Women” Deserve Political Support

(From ICTJ) NEW YORK, July 23, 2010—The Philippines government should support renewed efforts by former sexual slaves to seek reparations and an official apology from Japan , said the International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ) today. Before and during World War II, the Japanese military government forced an estimated 200,000 women from many Asian countries, […]

CENTERLAW CONDEMNS THE RELEASE OF KILLERS OF MAGUINDANAO MASSACRE WITNESS JESSIE

The Center For International Law (Centerlaw), COUNSEL FOR 14 MEDIA VICTIMS OF THE Maguindanao massacre, condemns in the strongest terms possible, the release today of two individuals behind the murder of the Maguindanao massacre witness “Jessie”. The two suspects, Abdullah Pasawilan and Morced Simpal, were both arrested last July 2, 2010 on a search warrant […]

American Academic Confirms Plagiarism

Supreme Court Spokesperson Midas Marquez, in defending the Court from allegations of plagiarism , said that the authors of the alleged copied articles, and not the comfort women, have the standing to question the alleged intellectual theft. Without conceding this point, it appears though that at least of one of these authors has in fact […]

Supplemental Motion Alleging Plagiarism in the Supreme Court

REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES SUPREME COURT En Banc, Manila ISABELITA VINUYA, et al., Petitioners, G.R. NO. 162230 CERTIORARI with an Application for a Writ of Preliminary Mandatory Injunction -versus- THE HONORABLE EXECUTIVE SECRETARY, et al., Respondents. X——————————————X SUPPLEMENTAL MOTION FOR RECONSIDERATION Petitioners, by counsel, and unto this Honorable Court, respectfully submit their supplemental Motion for […]

The 3rd Siege of Mapanique: Plagiarism in the Supreme Court of the Philippines

40 member of the Malaya Lolas (Liberated Grandmothers) will file tomorrow at 10:30 AM at the Supreme Court a Supplemental Motion for Reconsideration detailing plagiarism committed by the court in its unanimous decision in the case of Vinuya et. al. versus Executive Secretary promulgated in April 28, 2010. In their Supplemental Motion, petitioners will detail […]

The Repeated Siege of the Women of Mapanique, Candaba, Pampanga

At dawn of November 23, 1944, Japanese troops descended on the town of Mapanique, Candaba, Pampanga. To the shock of the local inhabitants, Japanese troops gathered all the men and boys and proceeded to castrate many of them. After which, the men were forced to put their severed sexual organs in their mouths before they […]

A necessary toothless tiger

Much has been said about the Truth Commission. While it is true that this body promised by President Noynoy Aquino as a means of ferreting out the truth on the many scandals of Gloria Macapagal Arroyo is in reality a toothless tiger, a superfluity, and will be the source of disappointment for many, it is […]

OMBUDSMAN’S HALF-BAKED INVESTIGATION OF THE FERTILIZER SCAM

Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez proves anew her loyalty to the Arroyo’s. As if on queue with the homecoming of Cito Lorenzo, she filed charges for mere malversation of funds against Bolante and Lorenzo instead of Plunder in connection with the Fertlizer Fund Scam. The charge does matter. Malversation is bailable, while plunder is not. Moreover, despite […]

TWO SUSPECTS IN KILLING OF MAGUINDANAO WITNESS APPREHENDED

I confirm that two individuals recently arrested by the Philippine National Police in Maguindanao are amongst the four suspects in the killing of Maguindanao massacre witness, Jessie. Bedo Pasawilian alias Bro Pasawilan and Morshed Salik Simpal were arrested Thursday, July 2, 2010, on the basis of  a warrant of arrest issued by Judge Ibrahim Banzawan […]

Starstruck at Luneta

It was the first time I attended a Presidential inauguration. Executive Secretary Jojo Ochoa was thoughtful enough to remember our nine years of constant struggle against “the evil one” and gave me two invitations to attend P-Noy’s and V-Nay’s oath taking at Luneta. My wife went berserk when she found out that we would be […]